On February 23rd, which will be Oscar Eve unless some kind of strike-related silliness postpones the show, the AMC 30 at The Block in Orange will be one of approximately 80 theaters nationwide to screen a quintuple-feature of all the nominees for Best Picture. Thirty bucks gets you a pass to all five, plus a free unlimited-refill popcorn bucket (soda NOT included -- those tricky bastards!).
That's a pretty good deal, if not quite as good as SAWFEST last year (four SAW movies for the price of one). But the funny thing is that aside from the Academy, no-one would ever program these five movies together on the same bill (THERE WILL BE BLOOD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN would make a great double-feature, though).
The program kicks of at 11 a.m. with the moody, broody legal drama MICHAEL CLAYTON. That's followed at 1:20 p.m. by Daniel Day-Lewis' over-the-top early 20th century oilman spouting off about milkshakes and drainage in THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Then at 4:20 p.m., the beautifully shot tragic romance ATONEMENT; there will be tears, and possibly spit-swapping. After that, at 7 p.m., JUNO, the pregnant teen comedy that functions as a palate-cleanser just long enough so that when Javier Bardem shows up blowing holes in people's heads at 9 p.m. in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, your senses won't feel so pummeled that you can't be shocked.
A special lanyard will be given as your ticket so that you can go chill at the mall for a while between movies (and if you have to skip one, make it ATONEMENT. Have to skip a second? MICHAEL CLAYTON can be missed).
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Tickets should be on sale now. The event is Saturday, February 23rd.